The Future of Paper: Is it time to switch to a more Sustainable Supply?

A single piece of paper: We use it daily and rarely think about it.

Like pens, blue tac or staples, paper is consistently available to use in the workplace whenever we need it (and that’s often). However, with paper costs rising it may be time to put more thought into the paper your business uses.

The Rise in Paper Costs

Like any other area of your business, consumer and industry trends have an impact on the day to day running of your business. There are many reasons for the rise in paper costs, such as:

  • Location Challenges – Office paper in the UK is supplied and produced in countries with Euro- and Dollar-based economies. With the GBP falling throughout the Brexit process, the UK is currently in a weak position financially, and growing increasingly unattractive to suppliers.

  • Supply and Demand – Wood pulp (the main component of paper) is vital for a variety of products including packaging, tissues and sanitary ware. With 50% of global wood pulp consumption coming from China, and increasing demand from developing nations, higher demand for pulp is pushing prices up.

  • Raw Material – The price of wood pulp is the highest it’s been in the last 10 years, as demand steadily increases globally – the last 15 months show a 63% increase with no sign of stabilisation.

  • Other Costs – As well as a rise in wood pulp, significant rises in other costs have contributed to the impact of paper prices. Essential chemicals used in paper manufacturing such as Kemira, BASF, or Solenis have risen between 8% to 25% month on month.

As the future of paper prices becomes uncertain, cost effective alternatives are a wise choice for most businesses. Below we will look into the positives (and one negative) of switching to recycled paper.

Xerox Recycled Paper

Xerox Recycled is made from 100% Post Consumer Waste (PCW) and is ideal for everyday office printing. De-inked without bleaching and free from optical brightening agents, Xerox Recycled comes packaged in recycled material and is available in a variety of tints. In addition to being easier on the environment, Xerox Recycled offers a number of other positives:

  • Price stability – With 0% of the product being created by wood pulp, the pressure to increase prices are low, meaning the price you pay stays reliably low.

  • Low cost – Coming in lower than most standard white A4 papers, this low-cost alternative is easier on the wallet.

The only thing negative to consider is that your paper won’t be the whitest of white… and that’s it! With that in mind it’s really worth asking yourself and your colleagues if your paper really needs to be white to begin with? Most businesses reserve standard paper for internal use, so its colour will have little effect on the everyday running of your business.

The facts behind the environmental savings speak for themselves. When comparing Xerox Recycled to Standard Virgin Fibre Paper, a customer using 5000 reams per year would make the following environmental savings:

  • Wood – 75,043 kgs  – Saving of 25 trees
  • Water –  1,084,569 litres – Almost 1.5 Olympic size swimming pools worth of water
  • Energy –  193,441 KWh – This could run 33 family homes for a year!
  • CO2  – 16,005 kgs  – This could run a car for 25.9 hours non stop

Have these figures sparked your interest?

Contact one of our team to find out if you could be saving on your paper supplies today.